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February 3, 2020

Filipinos, especially those residing in northern Luzon, will continue to experience chilly mornings until at least the third week of this month, PAGASA says.

The temperature in Baguio City dipped to 10.2 degrees Celsius on February 1. It is the lowest recorded so far in the city since the northeast monsoon season started in October.

Metro Manila similarly experienced its coldest day so far on February 1 with the temperature dropping to 18.5 degrees Celsius.

— with The STAR/Helen Flores

December 20, 2019

PAGASA is monitoring two LPAs — one inside the Philippine area of responsibility and bringing rains over eastern Mindanao and parts of Visayas, the other still outside and has the potential to be a tropical cyclone.

The LPA inside PAR was last spotted 795 km east-southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. The LPA outside PAR is seen to enter the country's jurisdiction by Monday next week.

December 18, 2019

Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said Wednesday.

The average nationwide temperatures of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday beat the previous record of 40.3 degrees Celsius in January 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

"This heat will only intensify further today," meteorologist Diana Eadie Said.

The heatwave is another alarm bell about global warming in Australia, where this year’s early and intense start to regular summer bushfires has heaped pressure on the Australian government to do more to tackle climate change. — Agence France-Presse

December 18, 2019

Filipinos can expect warmer weather this week as the cool winds brought by amihan completely weakens while the warm easterlies wind blow from the Pacific Ocean.

PAGASA says Wednesday the easterlies or warm wind blowing from the Pacific Ocean continues to affect the whole country and fair weather is expected. In a weather report Tuesday afternoon, the state weather bureau announced that the northeast monsoon or amihan had completely weakened.

"Yung northeast monsoon ay tuluyan pong humina at hindi na po ito makakaapekto sa bansa. Easterlies po ito yung mainit na hangin galing sa Pacific Ocean kung saan naapektuhan ang buong bansa," PAGASA weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said Tuesday.

"Kaya asahan po natin ang unti-unting pag-init ng panahon di lamang dito sa Metro Manila kung hindi sa iba't-ibang bahagi ng bansa."

November 28, 2019

PAGASA says Severe Tropical Storm Kammuri is seen to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday, adding that it is expected to affect the southern Luzon landmass.

Its center was located 1510 km east of Visayas, the state weather bureau says in an update at 4 a.m. It packs maximum sustained winds of 110 kph and gusts of 110 kph near the center.

November 5, 2019

An LPA located west of southern Luzon intensifies into a tropical depression and is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility within 24 hours. Once it does, it will be assigned the name "Quiel."

 

November 4, 2019

PAGASA says it is monitoring three weather systems inside the Philippine area of responsibility: the trough of an LPA, the northeast monsoon or amihan and the ITCZ.

Although located west of southern Luzon outside PAR, PAGASA says the tail end of the LPA can still possibly bring rains over Luzon.

The ITCZ, meanwhile, is expected to bring rains over Caraga and Davao Region today.

A severe tropical storm with the international name "Halong" is also monitored outside PAR. It is not likely to affect the country or enter PAR.

"Halong" is located 3,140 km east of Virac, Catanduanes.

November 1, 2019

PAGASA says the LPA inside the Philippine area of responsibility is expected to bring rains over parts of Visayas and Mindanao today.

The LPA is located 245 km east-northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or amihan is seen to bring light rains over northern Luzon. 

Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers due to the easterlies, PAGASA says.

October 25, 2019

Ready your sweaters. PAGASA officially declares the onset of the northeast monsoon or amihan season which is associated with cooler temperatures.

October 21, 2019

PAGASA is monitoring a new typhoon outside the Philippine area of responsibility which it says is unlikely to enter the country's jurisdiction.

Typhoon Bualoi is located 2,670 km east of southern Luzon. It packs maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gusts of 160 kph.

October 16, 2019

The LPA PAGASA is monitoring east of the Philippines may intensify into a tropical cyclone within 24 to 48 hours.

But PAGASA says it is expected to weaken again by the time it nears extreme northern Luzon due to the northeasterly surface wind flow.

It is located at 1,090 km northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the state weather bureau says in its 5 a.m. weather update.

October 9, 2019

PAGASA says there is now a low chance that Typhoon Hagibis will enter the Philippine area of responsibility.

"Hagibis" is located 2,020 km east of northern Luzon, the state weather bureau says in its 4 a.m. weather update.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 200 kph near the center and gusts of 245 kph.

October 8, 2019

Weather watchers are closely observing Typhoon Hagibis, which may enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday, noting the rapid intensification in strength of the powerful cyclone.

The Washington Post noted that it gathered strength "at one of the fastest rates ever observed on Earth."

In its 5 a.m. weather update, PAGASA said "Hagibis" is packing 200 kph near the center and gusts of 245 kph. In an update at the same time yesterday, the typhoon was recorded with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gusts of 150 kph.

It is located 2,420 east of central Luzon.

October 7, 2019

A typhoon PAGASA is monitoring is forecast to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday or Thursday. But it is unlikely to make landfall.

Internationally named "Hagibis," the typhoon packs maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gusts of 150 kph.

 

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October 1, 2019

PAGASA is monitoring a new LPA inside the Philippine area of responsibility located at 1,025 km east of Legazpi City at 3 p.m. today.

The state weather bureau, however, says it won't affect the country.

August 25, 2019

PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area outside the Philippine area of responsibility which can possibly develop into a tropical cyclone.

Photo: In this Aug. 9, 2019 photo, students of Araullo High School in Manila battle strong winds while heading home following the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather caused by monsoon rains as Typhoon Hanna exits the Philippine area of responsibility. The STAR/Miguel de Guzman

August 5, 2019

Aside from Tropical Storm Hanna, PAGASA is also monitoring three more weather systems — Typhoon Francis northeast of the country, a shallow low pressure area west of northern Luzon and a low pressure area still outside the Philippine area of responsibility.

The shallow LPA is not expected to intensify while the typhoon and LPA are not seen to enter PAR.

July 28, 2019

PAGASA says it is monitoring two shallow low pressure areas, one inside the Philippine area of responsibility and the other one still outside.

"... ibig sabihin po niyan mas mababa pa po ito sa low pressure area, di pa ganoon ka-established yung mga sentro nitong nasabing weather system," PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong explains in an update early Sunday.

The one inside PAR was spotted at 210 km east-southeast of Casiguran, Aurora and is not expected to intensify into an LPA or tropical cyclone.

The other one outside PAR located at 1,125 east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 3 a.m. is seen to enter PAR today. It has the potential to develop into an LPA but is not seen to further intensify into a tropical cyclone.

July 14, 2019

The LPA PAGASA is monitoring is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility tonight or early Monday. 

The state weather bureau says the LPA can possibly develop into a tropical cyclone by Tuesday but it is not seen to make landfall.

It is located at 1,345 km east of Visayas as of 3 a.m. today.

July 1, 2019

PAGASA says it expects two to three tropical cyclones to enter the Philippine area of responsibility in July.

The state weather bureau says there are four usual tracks of tropical cyclones in this month. First, it makes landfall and passes through southern Luzon. Second, it makes landfall and passes through northern Luzon. Third, it passes through extreme northern Luzon. And fourth, it won't make landfall and will "recurve" until it exits PAR.

PHOTO: A group of friends wades through a flooded portion of Araneta Avenue following heavy rain dawn of June 25, 2019. The STAR/Michael Varcas

June 28, 2019

There is a possibility that the LPA east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar PAGASA is monitoring will intensify into a tropical cyclone in the next few days.

The LPA entered the Philippine area of responsibility at around 9 p.m. on Thursday.

It was last located at 960 km east of Guiuan as of 3 a.m.

June 27, 2019

PAGASA is monitoring a new LPA  that is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility east of Mindanao as Tropical Depression Dodong exited the country's jurisdiction and is headed toward Japan.

The LPA was last located at 1,295 km east of Mindanao at 3 a.m. today.

Since the LPA is still hovering over the sea there is a possibility that it may develop into a tropical cyclone but PAGASA says their data shows otherwise. The LPA is forecast to enter PAR on Friday or Saturday.

June 25, 2019

The LPA PAGASA is monitoring is still seen to develop into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.

It is not expected to make landfall.

It was last spotted at 580 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan at 3 a.m. today. 

June 24, 2019

PAGASA says the LPA located at 760 km east of Casiguran, Aurora at 10 a.m. today may develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours.

In case the LPA develops into a tropical depression while inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will be named "Dodong."

June 24, 2019

PAGASA says the LPA inside the Philippine area of responsibility it is monitoring is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours. 

The LPA is affecting a large portion of Luzon as well as parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

It was last spotted at 595 km north-east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar at 3 a.m. on Monday, June 24.

June 21, 2019

A low pressure area outside the Philippine area of responsibility may possibly develop into a tropical cyclone but is not expected to make landfall, PAGASA says.

The weather disturbance is seen to bring rains in Bicol by Sunday and Monday.

It was last spotted at 1,300 km east of Mindanao as of 3 a.m. Friday.

June 14, 2019

PAGASA says in an alert issued at 6:11 a.m. that heavy rain showers with lightning and strong winds are expected over Metro Manila, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga and Bulacan within the next one to two hours. 

 

 

June 3, 2019

Even as the capital sweats under temperatures as high as 36°C, a resident of Quezon City recorded hail falling in Tandang Sora, a barangay in the city's 6th legislative district.

Facebook user Rafael Antonio Dulce said the the hail was the size of marbles.

Pagasa says on its website that hail is ice from a severe thunderstorm. It forms when it is hot and water evaporates. That vapor can freeze and eventually fall to the ground.

Hail can fall at speeds of more than 100 kph, Pagasa also says.

After a similar hailstorm in Atok, Benguet in the middle of the dry season in 2018, weather observer Winston Lucando said the phenomenon is rare but high temperatures make it more likely.

"Gawa nung itong mainit, summer na tayo. Ngayon ang evaporation sa may Atok, may namuong cumulonimbus sa atmosphere dahil sa intense ng lamig na-freeze yung cumulonimbus, (It's because of the hot temperature. Now due to evaporation, a cumulonimbus cloud was formed in the atmosphere in Atok. Then, because of the intense cold in that area, the cumulonimbus froze producing hail)," Lucano told Philstar.com in a phone interview last year.

May 9, 2019

PAGASA says the downpour that affected Metro Manila yesterday is a "premonition" that the rainy season is looming. 

"Ito ay isang kung baga sa ano ay premonition of a parang palatandaan na papalapit na iyong tag-ulan. Expected na halos araw-araw may mga ulan na sa hapon at gabi," PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Sawi says in an interview over DZMM.

The state weather bureau explains that the heavy rains yesterday were due to a frontal system enhanced by the two low pressure areas near Luzon. A frontal system is where warm and cold air masses interact.

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